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Think "poised to" is overstating the case slightly. NZ might decide to give him a swerve completely. Keen as they are on converted Saffers/Aussies, none of the imports to have made the full Black Caps sides had already played full internationals for another test nation.
Wonder who the last player to do so was, actually? Wessells would be my guess.
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He would still have to push his way past KVW, Watling, De Boorder and Tom Latham. I'd like to see one of those 4 following a top 6 of:
Rutherford (gamble but a leftie who can score big)
McCullum (to be a swashbuckling senior pro at no 5 - ala Astle/McMillan)
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Kiwi's really that desperate to cap a 31 year old Aussie looking for a couple of international games before he retires?
So dire how one can just switch countries to get a couple of games under their belt. I have no problems with the players themselves wanting to do it, I understand they want to further their careers, but it just feels wrong.
Ronchi should make NZ's shorter format teams. Reckon he'd be a success especially at home playing on some of those smaller grounds and it wouldn't be the worst idea having an experienced campaigner like him in the team with the next World Cup obviously being in Australia.
I wouldn't pick him for Test Cricket though. He is capable, but so is Van Wyk.
Ronchi will have to score truckloads to get in the mix. He's got Ryder/Taylor/Williamson/Guptill/McCullum and probably Franklin ahead of him at this stage. Unless Brendon doesn't want the gloves, then he's a good chance - Watling isn't really a ODI option despite continued selection.
NZ do not need batsman they need a better bowling attack
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